DIW Berlin, University of Potsdam, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Former Editor
Research Director, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany
Entrepreneurship research, experimental and behavioral economics, institutional economics, microfinance
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Advisor the German Ministry of Economics, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and to the German Labour Market Agency; Member of the Greek Council on Innovation; Member of the Advisory Board of the German Microfinance Institute
Vice President, DIW Head of Department, DIW; Professor, University of Rostock, Germany
Habilitation Economics, Viadrina University of Frankfurt (Oder), 2003
“Personality characteristics and the decisions to become and stay self-employed.” Small Business Economics 42:4 (2014): 787–814 (with M. Caliendo and F. M. Fossen).
“Trust, positive reciprocity, and negative reciprocity: Do these traits impact entrepreneurial dynamics.” Journal of Economic Psychology 33:2 (2012): 394–409 (with M. Caliendo and F. M. Fossen).
“The impact of risk attitudes on entrepreneurial survival.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 76 (2010): 45–63 (with M. Caliendo and F. M. Fossen).
“Is entrepreneurial success predictable? An ex-ante analysis of the character-based approach.” Kyklos 61 (2008): 189–214 (with M. Caliendo).
“Distributional concerns: Equity or efficiency oriented?” Economics Letters 73:3 (2001): 333–338 (with F. Bolle).
Entrepreneurs and their impact on jobs and economic growth
Productive entrepreneurs can invigorate the economy by creating jobs and new technologies, and increasing productivity.Alexander S. Kritikos, May 2014Entrepreneurs are a rare species. Even in innovation-driven economies, only 1–2% of the work force starts a business in any given year. Yet entrepreneurs, particularly innovative entrepreneurs, are vital to the competitiveness of the economy. The gains of entrepreneurship are only realized, however, if the business environment is receptive to innovation. In addition, policymakers need to prepare for the potential job losses that can occur in the medium term through “creative destruction” as entrepreneurs strive for increased productivity.MoreLess